President Obama has stated that voters are faced with a choice between “two fundamentally different paths for America.” For those who attended the Cato Institute’s private screening of Atlas Shrugged Part II yesterday, those words became resoundingly clear.
Expected to hit theaters October 12, producers Harmon Kaslow and John Aglioloro are hoping their message of individual achievement, smaller government and free markets will make that choice more evident in time for Election Day.
Based off of the Ayn Rand novel written in 1957, Atlas Shrugged Part II begins with a creepily familiar depiction of the economy: decay is rampant, businesses are failing, and companies face shortages. People respond with a sense of helplessness, an apathetic ‘shrug’ and a dream of something more. Fast forward to 2012, and our economy looks quite the same. Today, Atlas Shrugged Part II stands as prophecy fulfilled, as we see the same narrative happening in our present economy.
President Obama touts an America where everyone deserves a “fair shot,” but the policies he implements makes it harder for businesses to succeed. With increasing regulations and laws that allow the government to pick winners and losers, Obama creates a business framework that stifles growth and innovation.
A video released from CronyChronicles.org illustrates how government’s intrusion is harmful, as the video advertisement features a cleaning product called Crony Clean, a spray that breaks down bureaucracy. The ad displays the Crony Clean product in the humorous vein of a Billy Mays infomercial, showing how easy it is to use and telling viewers just how badly they need it.
If only it were that easy.
While Obama’s “all of the above” energy strategy has been shot with recent failures- see Solyndra and Nevada Geothermal Power—he’s hoping his latest stint to salvage green energy efforts will see success.
The federal government has awarded billions of dollars out of Obama’s stimulus package for the development of streetcars across America in hopes that they will “promote more sustainable travel practices and encourage economic development,” according to the DC Streetcar website. In fact, Washington expects to see a new streetcar constructed this fall. But as a recent study points out, streetcars lack efficiency and may cost taxpayers more than they are worth.